Fine Arts News

List of 8 news stories.

  • Audition Notice for Middle School Plays

    VST Black Box Theater and Fine Arts Annex
    Tuesday and Wednesday, October 16 and 17, 4:00-6:00 pm

    The Fine Arts Department will produce two Middle School plays in Spring 2019. This format proved successful last year in being able to offer a variety of roles to students across grade levels. Both plays will have auditions on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 16 and 17, from 4:00-6:00 pm. Auditions on the 16th will be in the VST Black Box Theater and on the 17th will be in the Fine Arts Annex. The first production, open to students in Classes 6 and 7, will be The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by John Glore. This production will be performed in the VST Black Box Theater on February 21 and 22 and will be directed by Jamie Hardin. The second production, open to students in Classes 7 and 8, will be performed in the Lowe Theater on April 4 and 5. This production, directed by Alex Arizpe, will be The (Almost) Totally True Story of Hansel and Gretel by Steph DeFerie.
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  • SJS Alumni Architects/Designers Exhibit

    Glassell Gallery, August 22-September 14
    Reception: September 5 at 5 p.m.

    For the third year, the St. John’s Visual Arts Program presents an ongoing series of exhibits in the Clare Attwell Glassell Gallery that spotlights SJS alumni who practice in the creative arts. This year’s exhibit highlights the important role that St. John’s alumni architects and designers have had in the world beyond the Storied Cloisters, and includes work by the following:

    Giorgio Angelini ’01– Filmmaker/Designer, Founder, Section Perspective Films
    Adam Boutte ’98– Associate, Dillon Kyle Architects
    John Drye ’67– Principal, John Drye Architects
    Leslie Sasser Elkins ’74– Principal, Leslie Elkins Architects
    Sam Grenader ’01– Associate, Nonya Grenader Architects
    Dillon Kyle ’84– Principal, Dillon Kyle Architects
    Parrish Kyle ’99– Associate Principal, Dillon Kyle Architects
    Carrie Glassman Shoemake ’70– Principal, GMSA
    Nick Stoutt ’97– Associate, Safdie Architects
    Diane Su ’01– Senior Associate, Page

    With models, plans, photography, and film, the show tracks the work of each alumni architect’s career. Many of the alumni caught the design bug through their experiences in art studios at St. John’s, including the studio and architecture courses of the current Upper School Visual Arts teacher Dan Havel. Whether it is designing homes, creating worship spaces, designing racetracks, drawing plans for international art museums, or filming the human stories behind the housing crisis, the St. John’s alumni featured in the exhibition share their creative ideas about the role of architecture and design in our world.
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  • Upper School & Middle School Jazz Band Auditions

    Tuesday - Thursday, August 14 - 16
    3:00-6:30 pm, VST Room 102

    Upper and Middle School Jazz Band auditions will be held for bass, guitar, drums, and piano for Upper and Middle School students as well as rising 6th graders. Any student interested in playing one of those instruments in the Upper School or Middle School Jazz Band, must audition. The tryouts will take approximately 10 minutes. Each student will be auditioned on a first come first served basis. To receive the audition criteria, please email Darrell Parrish. Students are strongly encouraged to request audition materials before the end of the school year so that they may practice during the summer. If you have any questions, please email Mr. Parrish.
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  • Upper School Choir Placement

    Upper School Choir Placement
    Tuesday - Thursday, August 14 - 16
    3:00-6:30 pm, VST Room 110

    Auditions will be held for Upper School students and rising freshmen in mid-August. Time slots are six minutes long. Students will receive their assigned date/time slot in late July. These auditions are designed as “vocal interviews,” allowing the choir directors to assess students’ vocal instrument and musicianship skills. Students will be asked to sing one verse of “My Country Tis of Thee” unaccompanied, vocalize a little, and perform some standard sight-reading exercises. This is not a pass/fail audition as all students will be placed. If you have any questions, please email Scott Bonasso.
    Choir Level/Grade Makeup
    Les Chanteuses: 9th-10th Grade girls
    Chorale: 11th-12th Grade girls; 9th-12th Grade boys
    Kantorei: Advanced a cappella choir selected from Chorale members
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  • Upper School Dance Placement

    Friday - Saturday, May 11 - 12, VST Room 204

    A dance placement class is required for all students wishing to participate in Upper School Dance. Plan to attend one of the three classes offered. These classes ensure that new Upper School students and current ensemble members are placed in the appropriate level for the 2018-2019 school year. Any student not currently enrolled in Caprice III or Terpsichore must seek prior approval in order to audition for Terpsichore and must attend both a regular dance placement class and the additional placement class for Terpsichore.
    • Friday, May 11 (3:45 - 5:15 pm) VST 204
    • Saturday, May 12 (10:00 am - 12:00 pm) VST 204
    • Terpsichore Audition: Friday, May 11 from 5:30-7:00 pm in VST 204
    Mandatory dress code for placement class:
    Females: Any color leotard, convertible tights or leggings ( no shorts or spanks)
    Males: Solid color t-shirt and jazz pants, sweat pants or shorts
    2018-2019 US Dance Ensembles:
    *Fundamentals of Dance
    Caprice I
    Caprice II
    Caprice III

    *Fundamentals of Dance is a non-performing class designed to give students with limited dance experience the training needed prior to participation in a performance-based class.
    If you need more information, please email Heidi Arouty, or Victoria Arzipe.
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  • Kantorei Farewell Performance and June Concert Tour

    Thursday, June 7, at 7:00 p.m.
    The Church of St. John the Divine

    Kantorei, the top Upper School choral ensemble at St. John's School, is directed by Scott Bonasso. The group sings exclusively a cappella literature. Chosen by audition, this highly select vocal ensemble is 46 members strong. They have a prolific history of giving concert tours around the world. In recent years, they have traveled to Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, The Czech Republic, England, France, Holland, Italy, Scotland, and Spain.

    This summer's tour (June 9-17) will include stays in Norway, Sweden, and Finland. Performances will be given at local cathedrals, universities, and music festivals. The concert repertoire for the tour includes music by Scandinavian composers Ola Gjeilo, Edvard Grieg, Gustaf Nordqvist, and Jan Sandström; music by American composers William L. Dawson and Stephen Paulus; and American folk and gospel songs arranged by Dan Bishop and Shaun Kirchner.

    Prior to the tour, there will be a free "farewell" concert on Thursday, June 7, at 7:00 p.m. at The Church of St. John the Divine, 2450 River Oaks Boulevard.
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  • Spring Piano Recitals

    Saturday, May 12, at 10:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.
    Lowe Theater, VST

    The spring piano recitals will showcase students from the SJS piano program who have each prepared one or two solo pieces. Combined, their performances will offer a wide variety of music from different stylistic periods and standard teaching piano literature. Each recital is about one hour in length, and performance levels range from Beginner through Advanced. The audience will be treated to musical playing and well-prepared performances.

    Friends, family, and the school community are welcome to attend any of the recitals to support these hard working students. Admission is free. Please email Rachel Yarborough for a full recital schedule if you wish to hear a specific student's performance.
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  • St. John’s Singers Spring Show

    Join the St. John’s Singers (Classes 4 & 5 choir) for their annual Spring Show as they travel through time to collect the greatest hits from each decade since the 1940s. You won’t want to miss the premiere of this new show, “Timeless.”

    Click here to purchase tickets for the Saturday evening performance. Seating is general admission and tickets are $13.
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